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Rain likely to delay Hawk Stadium opening

By: Dolores Hamilton
Due to rain delays, the work at Hawk Stadium may not be completed in time for the first football game on August 30.

“The rain has set us back,” said architect Jackie Lebow as he gave a progress report to the Iowa Park School Board Thursday. “They are making good progress, and I think we’ll have a better feel in a couple of weeks for where we are.”

The other trustees agreed with Board President Steve Fairchild in assuring Lebow that there would be no pressure from them to rush the work being done.

“We want this done, but we want it done correctly,” Fairchild said. “We don’t want to rush through, and in my mind I can see that we’re not going to play football here for maybe three weeks into the season. I’d rather it be done right and be ready.”

Superintendent Steve Moody said that Athletic Director Scott Ponder has been working on plans in the event they can’t open the season in Hawk Stadium.

Ponder, who was present at the meeting, told the group that he has reserved Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls for the first three weeks, and the games would be played on Saturday afternoons.

Lebow said they had been turning on the stadium lights at night and the construction crews are working around the clock.

Also discussed were other potential adjustments that would be needed as construction work on the campuses continues into the school year. “We will have to work around some things and be flexible, but it’s all going to work and will end up being good,” Moody told the trustees.

In other business, lunch prices were raised five cents on each campus. The new prices are: Kidwell Elementary, $1.90; Bradford Elementary, $2.15; W. F. George Middle School, $2.45; Iowa Park High School, $2.45; Adults (all campuses) $2.75; and Guests (all campuses) $3.25.

The district will continue to provide breakfast free of charge for all district students.

The services contract with Region 9 ESC Service Center for 2013-14 was approved, with a cost of $77,348.

After meeting in executive session to discuss personnel, the following action was taken: Roger Trotter was hired as Agriculture Science teacher at the high school, and Connie Bennett was hired as PPCD teacher at Kidwell.

New positions include Julie Petree, Bradford Title Reading aide, and Barbara Johnston, Bradford Title Math aide.

The resignations of Dana Griffin, Bradford Title Reading aide, and Taleigha Murray, high school Algebra II/Calculus teacher.

During the superintendent’s report, Moody discussed summer projects. He said the air conditioner for the front corridor at Kidwell has been installed, and a new fence had been put up around the bus barn. In addition, Installation of the camera system, wireless system and PC net on all the campuses was pretty well complete.

In other matters, Moody said, as a safety precaution, they were looking at tank truck services as a way to have water for the practice fields when two-a-days start. Also they were also considering changing the Master Degree stipend from $5,000 to $2,500 for those teachers hired after Sept. 1 this year.